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HILLSVILLE –– The 1,000th point of Britney Allen’s career came late in the second period. Her third assist of the day came when it really mattered.
Leading a fast break with the score tied at 35, Allen kicked out to Makenley Davis and Davis swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting Richlands over Carroll County 38-35 Saturday in a crucial Southwest District girls’ game.
The game-winning shot capped a 9-1 run over the final 2:50 for Richlands (9-2 overall, 2-1 district). Allen scored the first six of those points.
Machala Hash’s driving layup gave Carroll County (8-7, 1-2) a 34-29 lead with 3:21 to play before the Blue Tornado rallied. Allen scored on a stickback and then in transition off of a Rachel Alley steal. Following a Taylor Martin free throw for Carroll, Allen sank two foul shots to knot the score at 35 with 44 seconds left.
Carroll County milked the clock to under 10 seconds. The Cavaliers were just 1-of-7 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, including two misses with 8.5 seconds left. Carroll coach Marc Motley called timeout after the first free throw.
“We knew a two or a three would beat us, whether we made the second shot or not,” he said. “We told the kids that Allen was going to have the ball in her hands and we’ve got to stop her penetration. We did that, she found the open shooter and the kid hit the shot.
“We outplayed them I thought for 30 minutes, and they outplayed us for two.”
Allen knocked down a 3-pointer, topping 1,000 points for her career and putting Richlands on top 21-20 with 22 seconds left in the first half. Martin beat the buzzer with a driving layup for a one-point Cavalier lead at halftime, and Richlands wouldn’t find itself in front again until Davis’ trey to win it.
Crysta Guynn converted a Martin feed and hit a 3-pointer the next time down the floor for a 31-26 lead at 2:16 of the third. The Cavaliers held that five-point spread until the late comeback by Richlands, which returned four starters from last year’s state semifinal team.
“It’s good for us,” said Motley of a district he called as balanced as he’s ever seen it. “It will help us down the road. As long as you get in the regionals it’s got to help you because you’ve got to play every night. It’s not like in the past when you had to play against just the good teams. You’ve got to play every night.”
Allen and Davis led Richlands with 16 and 10 points, respectively. Hash scored 14 and Guynn added 10 for the Cavaliers.
Richlands..............4 17 6 9––38
Carroll County......8 14 9 4––35
Richlands (9-2, 2-1)
Davis 3 2-2 10, Richardson 2 2-6 7, Allen 5 5-5 16, Compton 0 0-0 0, R.Alley 2 1-3 5. Totals 12 10-16 38.
Carroll County (8-7, 1-2)
Hash 5 2-4 14, Caldwell 0 1-2 1, Martin 1 2-5 4, Guynn 5 0-0 11, Sellers 2 1-4 5. Totals 13 6-15 35.
Three-point field goals – Richlands 4-17 (Davis 2, Richardson, Allen), Carroll County 3-14 (Hash 2, Guynn). Rebounds – Richlands 28 (R.Alley 6), Carroll County 30 (three with 5). Turnovers – Richlands 16, Carroll County 14. Team fouls – Richlands 14, Carroll County 15. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.
JV – Carroll County won.